Urban Prep sounds like a huge success story, and I have no doubt it is. But as for their claim of sending 100 percent of their graduates to college, that has to be put in perspective, as Stephanie Banchero does in the Wall Street Journal:
At the group's first campus in gang-infested Englewood, 80% of the 150 incoming freshman read at a sixth-grade level or below. Four years later in 2010, 107 graduated from the school and all were accepted to four-year colleges. Three of the other students were expelled and the rest transferred out of Urban Prep, school officials said.
Thanks to Alexander Russo for noticing in This Week in Education.
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